Thursday, November 09, 2017

"Mind the Gap"

Lamentations 2.19 NAS

     “Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord; 
      Lift up your hands to Him for the life of your little ones”.

When you travel in England by way of the London Underground, you will hear pre-recorded warnings to “Mind the Gap” over the loudspeakers. Notice is posted on the trains and terminal walls. Travelers are cautioned to take care when stepping over the sometimes significant gap between train door and station platform. You must watch your step and “mind the gap” each time you board or exit. You might even assist a child, the elderly, or a person with handicaps or large sacks of groceries to “mind the gap.”

God calls you to “mind the gap” on behalf people who need help. He’s on the lookout for men and women who will manage the gap for others, but there are few candidates as Ezekiel pointed out…

“I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall
so I wouldn't have to destroy the land, but I found no one.”
Ezekiel 22.30 NLT

Jeremiah knew well how to “mind the gap.” He was known as the ‘weeping prophet.’ Like Jesus who was “deeply moved in spirit” (John 11.33), the prophet openly wept over the condition of the people he loved.

“Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears!
I would weep day and night for the slain of my people.”
Jeremiah 9.1 NIV

Jesus too was capable and willing of expressing emotion and shedding tears in prayer.

“During His earthly
life, He offered prayers
and appeals, with loud
cries and tears, to the
One who was able to
save Him from death,
and He was heard…”
Hebrews 5.7 HCSB

The shortest verse in the Bible, John 11.35, reveals the Savior’s heart of compassion...

“Jesus wept.”

Take a cue from Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Jesus. God is searching for men and women who will “weep… for the slain of [His] people,” “pour out [their] heart like water,” and “mind the gap” for those in need. 

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